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What’s needed to make our creaking system work better? The Institute’s 2014 Conference theme is The Power of the People. Its potential is truly awesome. In North Africa, or in…Read more
Participation postponed! – To what extent should public consultations be deferred until after next year’s General Election?
The idea of ‘purdah’ is not new, and in a Tuesday Topic earlier this year, we argued that it was being over-interpreted and in danger of stifling debate on important…Read more
The power of the (Scottish) people Have we just witnessed a classic example of effective consultation?
Referendums – rightly – have their critics, but as the top-end of the consultation spectrum we can surely look to the events of last week and try to see what…Read more
London has witnessed a great deal of controversy in recent months as the Government sought to resolve long-standing financial and associated problems in the NHS in South London. A year…Read more
A tale of two cases – Two High Court judgments on the pre-determination of consultation – within a week
Court cases are very seldom lost on the mechanics of a public consultation. But increasingly, dissatisfied consultees are challenging public bodies by alleging that the consultation is a sham and…Read more
After the consultation … – A preview of the Institute’s new set of ‘Implementation engagement standards’
So the consultation is over; the data is analysed; feedback has been published and a final decision has now been taken. For those whose lives are much involved with the…Read more
Beyond these shores … – Is the UK’s expertise on public consultation about to become a major export?
We have known for some time that the UK is almost certainly one of the world leaders in public consultation. When Elizabeth Gammell and I spoke at a World Bank…Read more
Learning from the NHS! – NHS Reconfigurations are very challenging for public engagement – but hold lessons for many others in public service and beyond
When the NHS tries to bring about significant change, it often faces a storm of public protest and frequently becomes a political football as one side or another seeks an…Read more
Listening to politicians – Those seeking to implement change in our public services should study the views and attitudes of our elected representatives
It is so fashionable to denigrate politicians and to counsel them to ‘listen to the people’ that it may appear counter-intuitive to suggest that just for once, we should listen…Read more